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General Zod
06-16-05, 11:01 AM
Let's see.. An Apple ][+ with about 200 floppy disks, and old turntable with a bunch of 45's, a small black and white tv that works except for a line through the middle, a box of perforated printer paper for a dot matrix printer that died 7 years ago.

Can't get myself to throw this crap away! Why? Because I know darn well that the moment I do the smithsonian will call me asking if I have an old Apple ][ they can buy, i'll read that one of my 45's was worth millions and was the only copy left, i'll go camping and need a tv to watch and some paper to throw in the fire! That's why!

kvrdave
06-16-05, 11:03 AM
Yeah, I got a lot of crap....but I'm trying to change. :(

Bronkster
06-16-05, 11:05 AM
Yes. I've even gone through drawers and closests and rooms to clear stuff out and I still end up saving most of it. "Cleaning out" for me is merely rearranging.

Brain Stew
06-16-05, 11:18 AM
How much ya want fer the turntable?

Goldberg74
06-16-05, 11:27 AM
"My name is Goldberg74 and I have a problem... I'm a pack rat."

I still have homework from kindergarden in a box in the closet.

Bronkster
06-16-05, 11:39 AM
I still have homework from kindergarden in a box in the closet.

Your teacher says you can still turn that in for late credit. :rimshot:

Mole177
06-16-05, 12:12 PM
i sorta am...

Access Granted
06-16-05, 12:13 PM
Yeah, but with me its usally boxes. I have the box from everything I've ever bought somewhere. The actual item may be long gone, but I've still got the box.

AGuyNamedMike
06-16-05, 12:17 PM
I am a bit of one. I tend to do a clearing out of stuff whenever I move, but I still keep a whole mess o' useless shit.

devilshalo
06-16-05, 12:19 PM
Yes. :(

I'm moving and I can't decide what to throw away and what to keep. :(

WarriorPrincess
06-16-05, 12:48 PM
Yes. I've even gone through drawers and closests and rooms to clear stuff out and I still end up saving most of it. "Cleaning out" for me is merely rearranging.
LOL, me too. And like others, I am trying to change my ways. This weekend I plan to clear out my spare room, and I will have a garage sale in a week and a half to get rid of all that crap. Gotta cut the ties to all the junk sometime.

calhoun07
06-16-05, 12:49 PM
I am, but living in an apartment dictates that I MUST find crap to throw out every now and then or I would have no room. It's a pretty crowded apartment for sure, though, with all the stuff I do save. If I had a house, I could probably use a three bedroom just for myself (one bedroom for storage, the other for a DVD room).

datagirl7
06-16-05, 01:30 PM
Yeah, but with me its usally boxes. I have the box from everything I've ever bought somewhere. The actual item may be long gone, but I've still got the box.

I keep a lot of boxes as well. From expensive items that I may resell at some point, and for shipping. you never know what size box you'll need to ship soemthing in, so I've got lots.

wendersfan
06-16-05, 02:18 PM
Yes, in a bad way.

Myster X
06-16-05, 02:20 PM
yes, but I need to curb my spending :hairpull:

mookiemeister
06-16-05, 02:32 PM
Yeah, I'm a packrat for some stuff. I keep a lot of boxes in my closets. I also keep a lot of those padded envelopes from buying DVD/CD/video games online.

Cool Kitten
06-16-05, 08:17 PM
i go through the closets every so oftenand throw stuff out or donate. I still have too much stuff left over.

Trelach24
06-17-05, 01:18 AM
I have every sports illustrated I've received since 93.

Why? I HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA! I just started putting them in a box and once I started I was like "Well I can't stop now"

calhoun07
06-17-05, 01:23 AM
I am just curious...those of you who are packrats, are your family members also packrats? I think my tendancy to be a packrat is in my DNA genes, I honestly do.

My grandfather collected 78's and records like nobody's business, and when he died, I saw a shed out in the back of his house filled with them. My mother collects all kinds of crap, and has closets and cases filled with VHS and now that she is into DVD, she has a ton of DVDs and even rivals me in how many she has, not to mention her other collections, like her dolls, for which she has an entire room dedicated to them.

And of course, everybody on my mother's side especially, just has their homes filled with so much stuff. It's like they never throw anything away. Like I said before, I live in an apartment, so I have to throw old stuff away from time to time that I won't use or I don't need, but I know if I had a house, I would be so much more like that. And I think it's all inherited.

victant
06-17-05, 01:30 AM
I clicked in to say just how much of a packrat I was...until I saw the OP's stuff. Guess I'm not that bad.... ;)

shizawn
06-17-05, 02:00 AM
yeah I've got some stuff.

I try to go through it when I move and throw away the stuff I'll never need. There's still a bunch of stuff I can part with, but I'm not that bad.

Charlie Goose
06-17-05, 02:15 AM
Yeah, but with me its usally boxes. I have the box from everything I've ever bought somewhere. The actual item may be long gone, but I've still got the box.
I'm like that with boxes too. Not just from purchases, but if I see a good cardboard box at work I bring it home. I have more empty boxes in my attic than boxes with stuff in them.

Don't throw out those old records though. If they're in good condition, they're probably worth something.

Quatermass
06-17-05, 08:33 AM
I am just curious...those of you who are packrats, are your family members also packrats? I think my tendancy to be a packrat is in my DNA genes, I honestly do.

Yes - absolutely! It's a congenital disease and we should receive special consideration from the government.

Storing Loads Of Belongings Syndrome (SLOBS) is an inherited disease which only grows worse with age. Eventually, many sufferers can no longer make it out of their house due to the piles of junk blocking all the exits. I believe we deserve to be recognized as a federally protected class and are entitled to disability and other benefits afforded to alcoholics and drug users. Please write your congressman and tell him to support SLOBS legislation today!

calhoun07
06-17-05, 12:57 PM
Yes - absolutely! It's a congenital disease and we should receive special consideration from the government.

Storing Loads Of Belongings Syndrome (SLOBS) is an inherited disease which only grows worse with age. Eventually, many sufferers can no longer make it out of their house due to the piles of junk blocking all the exits. I believe we deserve to be recognized as a federally protected class and are entitled to disability and other benefits afforded to alcoholics and drug users. Please write your congressman and tell him to support SLOBS legislation today!

So you just automatically equate people who collect things as slobs?

Mrs. Danger
06-17-05, 01:05 PM
It all depends on how you pack it.

I am a slob, Mr. Danger is not. He just saves things.

I accumulate things in piles... especially old paperback books. It doesn't help that I live in yard sale paradise. And glassware, and jewlery, and anything that could be considered "art supplies".

Every so often, I turn on my "ruthless" mode, and throw stuff in a box and cart it off to some charity or other.

Then, I stop at a yard sale on the way home...

Bronkster
06-17-05, 02:27 PM
I am just curious...those of you who are packrats, are your family members also packrats? I think my tendancy to be a packrat is in my DNA genes, I honestly do.



I can't think of anyone else in my family that saves stuff like I do. If it wasn't for the strong family resemblance, I'd assume I was adopted!

Quatermass
06-17-05, 10:03 PM
So you just automatically equate people who collect things as slobs?


The original poster was referring to people like myself who hoard lots of junk (aka packrats). If you want to twist that into some kind of insult against "People who collect things" then that's too bad. Sorry if I offended my fellow PACKRATS by calling them SLOBS. That's the only acronym I could come up with for my brilliant and hilarious piece of satire.

Buford T Pusser
06-17-05, 11:44 PM
Why isn't this a poll?






And I'd say that Mrs. Pusser would agree that I am a packrat.

Myster X
06-18-05, 12:21 AM
my lastest addition
http://img100.echo.cx/img100/1548/p10300409fs.th.jpg

littlefuzzy
06-18-05, 12:29 AM
Send me the Apple and disks! :D I still have my Apple IIe, along with a IIC I picked up along the way.

I have several other computers out in the garage, including Tandy Color Computers, and a few others.

I have about 500 games for all systems, including an Intellivision w/ 28 games that I just picked up at a garage sale...

I have thousands of books, 350 laserdiscs, 1000 DVDs, and piles of various things, like Transformers, random anime detritus, figures, Hot Wheels, magazines, etc.

shoppingbear
06-18-05, 03:45 AM
Your teacher says you can still turn that in for late credit. :rimshot: rotfl

:wave: count me another packrat, although I'm trying to reform, bought "The New Messies Manual" (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0800757262/qid=1119084294/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-3113142-1992839?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) (found it cheaper at half.com) because a friend bought it, read it, and said it helped her. Supposed to be good for packrats. :)

lotsofdvds
02-06-08, 02:23 PM
Sorry to resurrect a dead thread, but...

I'm moving in two months and I'm amazed at all the crap I've held onto over the years. I have a bin with all my Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer junk in it (as well as a huge ass DOT matrix printer). Every issue of Entertainment Weekly since #6. Hundreds of movie press kits. Cardboard boxes I get from DDD and Amazon because they look "reusable"...

I'm Craigslisting a lot of this stuff, just to make it all go away.

Bacon
02-06-08, 02:33 PM
Yes. :(

I'm moving and I can't decide what to throw away and what to keep. :(


keep:

porn videos
sex toys
adult magazines

throw away:

wife

glad I could help

CPA-ESQ.
02-06-08, 03:15 PM
I'm a packrat.

I tend to keep most everything. I feel that I will use it later on, or that someone else could use this, or I could sell it. I have this feeling that I will buy another house and I could use all this stuff to furnish it.

But in reality - why would I furnish a summer house with old ass crap?

I have lots of papers, books, from school in boxes in the attic (why - I think that one day someone may want to go through them and see what I was like back then)

I am trying to change - but when I go to throw something out - I say this is a perfectly good oak cabinet or bakers rack, you can't find oak cabinets anymore, someone out there must be looking for a nice oak cabinet or bakers rack... I'll just hang on to this until I find someone to take it - it's a sin to throw this away.

I am changing - I am throwing out stuff, giving it away as redo each room in the house. I only have 3 rooms left to go :)

Yes it is in our DNA - My grandmother comes over and opens up and empty room - that has all my junk in it and says "this is so nice to have all these extra rooms so you could put this stuff in."

Jadzia
02-06-08, 03:53 PM
I am just curious...those of you who are packrats, are your family members also packrats? I think my tendancy to be a packrat is in my DNA genes, I honestly do.

Yes. My mother was raised in the Depression and is a huge packrat. My sister has it really bad. I actually love throwing things away and I hate the idea of clutter, but I really feel I am always fighting my genetic tendency or something because the clutter creeps up even though I hate it.

I read somewhere that packrats/hoarders are actually failed perfectionists and I absolutely believe that. Instead of just spending 15 minutes a day sorting through a few papers when I can, I always wait until I have time to sit down and go through everything at once and file it away. So it often gets cluttered while I wait to do it "perfectly".

CPA-ESQ.
02-06-08, 03:58 PM
I read somewhere that packrats/hoarders are actually failed perfectionists and I absolutely believe that. Instead of just spending 15 minutes a day sorting through a few papers when I can, I always wait until I have time to sit down and go through everything at once and file it away. So it often gets cluttered while I wait to do it "perfectly".

that sounds like my home desk - I have piles of stuff that I have to "file away" but I always need a folder or a label, or something that keeps me from doing it.

andicus
02-06-08, 04:14 PM
I'm definitely a packrat and it drives my wife crazy. My reasoning is that I can repair most things (appliances, electronics, etc.) around the house, so keeping a bunch of stuff = a large supply of parts, when needed. Every time I use something like that, I make sure to point it out. :)

It's especially true with electronics stuff. Components can be a bitch to track down, or far too expensive. That came in handy a couple weeks ago when I was making the headtracking system with a Wii remote that Johnny Chung Lee came up with (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw ), and I needed a couple of IR LEDs. An old cable box remote provided both. Extra NMD 14 wire provided the frame for the headset, and telephone wire provided the power. :banana:

uncle-frank
02-06-08, 06:19 PM
im not a packrat, but everyone else in my family is. when i dont want something it goes, poof. gone.

i am trying to thin out my stuff (even tho its not alot to begin with) because i will be movie to a new house soon.

mndtrp
02-06-08, 09:37 PM
I'm not a packrat, I guess. I'll keep things for about a year to see if I ever use them. If I don't, I'll take it to a charity. Having a smallish house, with little storage, helps a lot.

Trelach24
02-06-08, 10:40 PM
I save everything. I have every movie ticket stub from the last 15 years and I don't even know why. Ditto for every sports ticket stub. I even have every Sports Illustrated since 93 and I have NO IDEA why. I just started saving them back then and once I started I couldn't stop and break the streak. I don't even save them in old boxes anymore. They're all over the place now but I can't throw away even 1 of them.

drmoze
02-07-08, 10:00 AM
No, I'm a "collector." And I only collect cool stuff, thankyouverymuch. :cool: